TUESDAY, November 2, 2010 at 8:00 pm
discussant: Samuel Abrams, M.D.
This lecture advances the proposal that there is a prejudice against children, which could be called “childism”, that is comparable psychodynamically to prejudices like anti-Semitism, racism and sexism. It will be argued that prejudices serve three fundamental purposes elimination, sexual exploitation, and erasure of identity -- each of which reflects defenses of a specific sort: obsessional, hysterical, and narcissistic, respectively. Childism is a complex prejudice that can serve all three purposes, and reflect all three characterological defense types. Further, childism utilizes images and stereotypes of children or childhood that can be referenced to its three basic forms.